'Coriolanus' Dated and Detailed for Blu-ray

Posted Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 05:00 AM PDT by

The acclaimed modernized take on one of Shakespeare's most gripping dramas is in the works for Blu-ray in May.

In an early announcement to retailers, Starz/Anchor Bay is prepping 'Coriolanus' for Blu-ray on May 29.

Two-time Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes’ ('Schindler's List,' 'The English Patient') makes his directorial debut with 'Coriolanus.' Fiennes, who also stars in the title role, was nominated for a 2012 BAFTA Award – Britain’s equivalent to an Oscar® – for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Based on the original play by William Shakespeare, the critically-acclaimed film features an award-winning cast that includes Gerard Butler ('300,' 'The Ugly Truth'), Academy Award® winner Vanessa Redgrave ('Julia,' 'Howards End'), Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain ('The Help,' 'Tree of Life'), and Emmy® Award winner Brian Cox ('Bourne Identity,' HBO’s “Deadwood”).

In her review for Entertainment Weekly, film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum described Fiennes’ interpretation of 'Coriolanus' as “an utterly arresting, creative modern-day adaptation.” David Edelstein, film critic for New York Magazine, wrote 'Coriolanus' is “sensational and gripping,” adding “Brian Cox is superb and Jessica Chastain is riveting!” Wrote The Hollywood Reporter’s Ray Bennett, “Ralph Fiennes delivers heavyweight screen acting at its best,” while Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers exclaimed, “Ralph Fiennes, as star and commander, pulls off a triumph!”

The classic legend of honor and betrayal has been astonishingly re-imagined in this exhilarating action thriller that wields a profound relevance for today. Caius Martius ‘Coriolanus’ (star and director Ralph Fiennes) is a feared and revered Roman General, suddenly pitted against his own city and fellow citizens. Rebelling against the power-hungry designs of his manipulative mother (Vanessa Redgrave) and rejected by his own people, Coriolanus incites a riot that expels him from Rome. The banished hero joins forces with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to exact his revenge — and determine his destiny.

The Blu-ray/DVD combo will feature 1080p video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements include an audio commentary with the film’s director and star, Ralph Fiennes, and a “The Making of Coriolanus” featurette.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $34.99.

You can find the latest specs for 'Coriolanus' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under May 29.

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Coriolanus (Blu-ray)
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